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    • August 10, 2020 6:07 PM EDT
    • Cliff, I'm still working on the lower left chunk. I need to dig out the flower bed, and remove the posts attached to the side of the deck and then replace the front board. Then I'll lay a few boards across the top. The double upper main will run along the lower deck, and under the overhang when ( IF ) complete.

       

      I'm also trying to complete my SD40-2w before the summer is over, and have started work on my priority winter project - a pair of SD75I's.

       

      Here's a teaser. ( I bet most people have never noticed that the nose lights on the SD70/75's are not centered. )

       

      Shane

       

    • August 9, 2020 3:28 PM EDT
    • Shane Stewart said:

      Thanks Guys.

       

      No hot tub Cliff. That's not really my thing. One of the previous owners did have one on the section I removed.

       

      Roger that; same here. 

       

      Your deck work looks great, is that aspect done, or are you still building it? 

    • August 9, 2020 12:01 PM EDT
    • Thanks Guys.

       

      No hot tub Cliff. That's not really my thing. One of the previous owners did have one on the section I removed.

    • August 9, 2020 8:22 AM EDT
    • Very nice ...

    • August 8, 2020 4:49 PM EDT
    • Wow, nice Shane!!

       

      Any hot tub water feature in the plans?

    • August 8, 2020 4:00 PM EDT
    • Sean, so much pressure.   I'm trying hard. I think railings and ballast will have to wait until next year.

       

       

      There will be a landing ( and steps ) at the right 8" lower then the upper level that will anchor it

       

    • August 7, 2020 1:21 PM EDT
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      Do you have an updated pic to replace this one ? OrIs it done yet ?

    • July 31, 2020 6:26 AM EDT
    • As Roosta would say "Suckup " 

    • July 31, 2020 1:57 AM EDT
    • I know Sean.  No excuses.

       

      Thanks Cliff. Yes, I can crawl around underneath if ever required. Luckily I had that gravel all around my yard, so I was able to gather it up and throw it under the deck to clean things up. The left side is going to sit 2 feet higher, so I'll have even more room. My plan is to surround the deck with mountains high enough to hide it. I'll probably build a path into them for easy access to the yard. The upper level, if ever complete, will run along the end of the deck. That will allow me to put trains together right on the deck and then run them out to the lower tracks. The biggest mountain will sit against the higher section of the deck, and will have access from under the deck if there are any issues. Eventually I want to have a river with a larger lake as well. Retirement is certainly busy.

       

      There's a guy on another thread ( Virginia City Central Mountain Project  ) that I'm watching very closely. I'm hoping he will teach me everything I'll need to know to build my mountain range.  

       

      Shane

       

    • July 30, 2020 8:17 PM EDT
    • Wow Shane, that's amazing work. That "tunnel" under the deck is really neat, and it looks like you have enough vertical crawl space to get under there, because I'm sure you worked all that out. Very cool!

       

      Oooh, you could almost make a creeper that ran on your dual track...  

       

      Are you going to make the deck bridge over the track and build new steps down to the lawn?

       

       

    • July 30, 2020 6:48 AM EDT
    • Slacker get a move on ....

    • July 29, 2020 10:39 PM EDT
    • Well, it's currently very hot and humid, so work has slowed a little. I've cleaned up a little, and have the extended mains up and running. Work900 put in some overtime. I think I  need another load of ballast to finish things off, but it may have to wait until next year as I hadn't planned for it. The old yard is tied in, but the roadbed needs to be extended on the north connector track.

       

      I've been running some trains, so I may post a new video in the next week or two.

       

      Time to get the deck complete. :)

       

       

       

    • July 23, 2020 5:22 PM EDT
    • Sean, it would make me stick out even more on google earth.

       

      Things are a mess right now. Lots of slows, and foremen, but Work900 is trying hard to get the track open.

       

    • August 2, 2020 10:30 PM EDT
    • Awesome Ted, I’m a Mopar or no car kind of guy , but admire all kinds of ingenious setups!!! I have a cousin rebuilding a 62? Falcon. Look forward to maybe meeting you in 2023 ? Now since Nashville and Denver have moved back a year, if you will be on the  schedule of layouts

    • August 1, 2020 2:59 PM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      Nice video Ted. Would the cars , at least for the front 5-10 cars benefit from some additional weight in them, to keep them more "planted" on the track? 

      second question I saw a CompCams box in the basement, which loco is getting a performance cam in it? LOL.

      Thanks for all the informative vignettes you have produced 

      Thank you Pete,

      Yes, weight could be added to the first few cars, but there is a tradeoff of pulling the train up grades - though in the case of the train shown in the video, the 4 locos would not have a problem.

      As to the Competition Cams box you spotted:
      In the mid 1980s, I built a replacement engine for my 1963 V8 Ford Falcon hard top car that would run on unleaded gas that was made mandatory around that time.  The 260 V8 that had been in there with its 11/1 CR pinged on the better octane gas no matter how much I retarded the timing, so I built sort of a "poor mans Boss 302", except I used a 289 (same engine family) with 351 "Cleveland" open chamber cylinder heads (with hardened valve seats for unleaded gas) to achieve a CR of 8.4/1 that provided very "streetable" running on low octane unleaded gas to this day. The engine has a 260 degree Comp Cams flat tappet camshaft.

      -Ted

    • August 1, 2020 2:58 PM EDT
    • Alan Lott said:

      The words Wisconsin Central caused my interest Ted, I have a gondola (with scrap load) in that road name and friends in that State.

      I was fascinated and a little envious of all those 100T coal cars.  I am fascinated by coal cars so found the video most enjoyable.   I was surprised that you only had two 'string linings' I would have expected more.   Presumably it is due to your couplers and trackwork that the low figure was achieved.  

      Thank you Alan,

      Yes, trackwork layout design & implementation, disciplined techniques of wheel (metal) installation in trucks, and coupler arrangements all adds up for best possible train operation, particularly when pulling long heavy trains through curves, loops and grades where the weight of the train also comes into play.

      -Ted

    • August 1, 2020 10:34 AM EDT
    • Nice video Ted. Would the cars , at least for the front 5-10 cars benefit from some additional weight in them, to keep them more "planted" on the track? 

      second question I saw a CompCams box in the basement, which loco is getting a performance cam in it? LOL.

      Thanks for all the informative vignettes you have produced 

    • August 1, 2020 10:10 AM EDT
    • The words Wisconsin Central caused my interest Ted, I have a gondola (with scrap load) in that road name and friends in that State.

      I was fascinated and a little envious of all those 100T coal cars.  I am fascinated by coal cars so found the video most enjoyable.   I was surprised that you only had two 'string linings' I would have expected more.   Presumably it is due to your couplers and trackwork that the low figure was achieved. 

       

    • July 31, 2020 4:19 PM EDT
    • A video emulating a Southern Pacific & Wisconsin Central coal train operation on the layout.

      With all the excitement about Bachmann resurrecting the Aristo Dash-9s and possibly SD45s, I thought to run these locos pulling a long coal hopper car train.  
      It seems that Bachmann would likely resurrect the 100 ton hoppers & Evans cars since they would be a bit more modern to go with resurrected locos.

      See video on YouTube (so you can set resolution to 1080P) showing how the train at first suffered from "string lining" in couple of places on curves, but by removing a few cars to lighten weight, the train was Okay - seen later in the video starting at time stamp 17:25.

       

      -Ted

       

    • July 23, 2020 5:11 PM EDT
    • Nice looking railroad.  Thanks for sharing!